State Sentences Man In “Sweetheart” Fraud Scheme
By Space Coast Daily // February 17, 2015
USED ONLINE DATING SITES TO TARGET SINGLE WOMEN
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — The Florida Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) today announced the sentencing of Scott Campbell to 20 years of imprisonment and 10 years of probation.
Mr. Campbell was found guilty of first degree grand theft in December 2014 for defrauding Floridians in a long-running investment fraud scheme. The criminal case was prosecuted by the Office of Statewide Prosecution in Orlando.
“The Florida Office of Financial Regulation is committed to protecting Floridians from financial fraud,” said Commissioner Drew J. Breakspear. “Remember the adage, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I encourage Floridians to file a complaint with the OFR if you suspect financial fraud.”
“Thank you to our partners in the Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and in law enforcement for their actions to bring this perpetrator to justice,” said OFR Bureau of Financial Investigations Chief Robert Kynoch. “I applaud the hard work of our investigators, compiling evidence which highlighted Mr. Campbell’s heinous actions. Their work was pivotal to the outcome of the case.”
Mr. Campbell used online dating websites to target single women and pitch fake investment opportunities in his musical recording and talent search business. He portrayed himself to be a veteran of the music industry, having worked with several well-known artists. Mr. Campbell would entice each woman, leading them to believe that he had romantic intentions in order to steal money. An OFR investigation revealed that from 2003 to 2013, Mr. Campbell victimized more than 30 individuals and, instead of using the money to fund his business, he funded his personal lifestyle.
If you feel that you may be a victim of fraud or to report suspicious activity, please file a complaint with the OFR online, www.flofr.com, or call (850) 487-9687.